A CAT who was filmed being thrown over a fence and into a brick house has recovered from the horrific ordeal and is now on the hunt for a new fur-ever home.
Marcello the cat went viral in April after video footage of a young man throwing him over a fence in Ipswich, Queensland was posted on social media.
In the distressing vision, which caused outrage across the country, a man could be seen laughing with his friends as the cat smashed into the exterior brick wall of a neighbouring home.
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Following a public appeal, RSPCA Qld managed to identify and track down the man in the footage, with the 19-year-old pleading guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to animal cruelty.
He was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and 120 hours of community service, and was also ordered to pay a fine of $1100 and banned from owning a pet for five years.
As for Marcello the cat, he was taken into the care of the RSPCA following the incident and diagnosed with soft tissue bruising, stress due to his treatment, and cat-flu.
“Over the following two months, Marcello visited the vet 27 times and was treated for three bouts of stress-induced cat flu,” an RSPCA Qld spokesperson said.
“The 3rd relapse included a consequent severe eye infection and after initial treatment efforts were unsuccessful, surgery was required to remove the infected eye.”
The RSPCA says Marcello may be one eye down, but he is “finally healthy” and ready to move on with his life.
“Marcello is 1 year and 3 months old, and currently enjoying a vacation in foster care whilst awaiting his fur-ever home.”
“Due to his trauma, he can be apprehensive with new interactions – preferring to take the lead, and get anxious with commotion.
“He is looking for a quieter home without dogs or small kids.”
If you’re interested in adopting the precious Marcello, you can call RSPCA Qld on 3426 9999.